April 8, 2005

Volume 24, Number 32

ON THE COVER:
news

Delay of Game

Seaholm, Block 21 challenge the Downtown Domino theory

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Scrap It or Cap It? What to Do With Texas' Top Ten Percent Law.

Some want to do away with the post-'Hopwood' admissions law, but UT officials and others say it works

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Keel-Hauling Death Row Defendants

Austin Rep. wants to fast-track federal appeals, speed up executions

BY JORDAN SMITH

CTRMA Responds to Strayhorn: 'I Am Rubber. You Are Glue …'

Heiligenstein answers audit, says comptroller attacks unwarranted

BY MICHAEL KING

Naked City

BY LEE NICHOLS AND CHERYL SMITH

Point Austin: Money Matters

The city says "Never mind!" on Midtown Live loan – and everybody's hanging fire

BY MICHAEL KING

Taking Children Private

The road to privatizing Child Protective Services is getting slick and dangerous

BY AMY SMITH

The Hightower Report

Privatization hasn't been a rosy ride for others; and Bill Hammond crowned Gooberhead for job peddling for son in letter to legislators

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Pastry Stars

How Katherine Clapner, Judy Marts, and Aimee Olson rose to the top of their profession

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

The 'Saveur' Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival revs up, Uchi chef Tyson Cole racks up the awards, and more

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

It Takes a Village

Christine Albert & Chris Gage experience another Austin musical rite of passage: the benefit

BY CHRISTINE ALBERT

TCB

News from Chicago, Las Vegas, Nashville, Houston, New York, and Mexico, all with an Austin connection

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Texas Platters

Ana Egge

Out Past the Lights

The No Idea Festival

Live shot

Geto Boys

The Foundation

Pushmonkey

Year of the Monkey

various artists

Treatin' 'Em Right Since '69:A Tribute to Handsome Joel Svatek

Honky Tonk Hero/A Tribute to Billy Joe Shaver

A Tribute to Billy Joe Shaver

the Winks

Too Hot to be This Cool

Fire Marshalls of Bethlehem

Songs for Housework

John Schooley & His One Man Band

John Schooley & His One Man Band

The Bloody Tears

Downhanded
screens

A Martyr's Epitaph

The Texas Documentary Tour presents Rob Epstein's 'The Times of Harvey Milk'

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

What a Longer, Stranger Trip It's Been

Jim Van Bebber on 'The Manson Family'

BY MARC SAVLOV

Also at the Alamo

Luke Savisky's Rolling Roadshow 'Film Actions V,' 'Stranger: Bernie Worrell on Earth,' with the P-Funk All- Star in attendance, and Peter Bogdanovich live in person screening 'The Last Picture Show,' 'Paper Moon,' and 'Mask'

BY MARC SAVLOV

'Sahara' Premiere

Matthew McConaughey and UT football coach Mack Brown attend the Austin Film Society's screening of 'Sahara' at the Paramount Theatre

TV Eye

Here's what I learned about the so-called homosexual agenda from the 'Sugartime!' episode: Don't hide your chocolates in the laundry

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Kagemusha

All of the director's classic themes and techniques are here, but 'Kagemusha' also ushered in a new period in Kurosawa's style, one influenced by the countless hours, months, and years he spent painting imagined scenes from the movie as he waited dejectedly for funding to come in

Film Reviews

Assisted Living

Greenebaum's superstylized first feature attempts to mesh fiction with nonfiction while remaining a narrative, and it attempts to do it almost entirely in the confines of a nursing home, entirely in one day.

Fever Pitch

Don’t go into the Farrelly brothers’ Fever Pitch seeking an adaptation along the lines of the merely Yankified remix of the Nick Hornby novel High Fidelity: This is not that – not even close.

In My Country

Samuel L. Jackson and Juliette Binoche star in this John Boorman political drama about the work of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Mail Order Wife

The premise of this gleefully jaundiced mockumentary is simple: A filmmaker pays the expenses of a Queens doorman buying a bride from Burma in exchange for the opportunity to film the proceedings.

Nobody Knows

Nobody Knows is the rare film that successfully tells its tale of childhood from the children’s point of view, forgoing easy sensationalism and poignancy for naturalism and honesty.

Sahara

Based on the popular Clive Cussler book, Sahara may be asinine, but it’s also goofy, good fun.

The Upside of Anger

The two fantastic performances by Allen and Costner that anchor The Upside of Anger are the reason to see this contemporary drama about romance between two flawed adults.
arts & culture

Wild Rides

UT students pack bigger, better New Works Festival with more thrills than a carnival midway

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Maple Leaf Wags

If it's Hyde Park, this must be a quirky Canadian comedy.

BY BARRY PINEO

About a Girl

The art exhibit 'About a Girl' is about music, really, with three young men behind it basing their artwork on a song

BY JACQUELINE MAY

So Long, Palmer

Before spring is out, contractors will begin tearing down old Palmer Auditorium so it can be become the Long Center for the Performing Arts

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project

Stephen Mills' 'Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project' didn't show us the Holocaust but it made us feel the profound suffering of it
columns

Page Two

If you support the smoking ban, don't pretend you want to keep Austin weird

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

About AIDS

Political Action Forum is Saturday

BY SANDY BARTLETT

After a Fashion

This week your Style Avatar makes the Red Carpet Scene at the premiere of 'Sahara' and Robert Rodriguez's 'Sin City' and remembers DeLorean

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

There are more chickens than people waiting six months at a red light

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

To Your Health

Tips on preventing wrinkles

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Lost or stolen ATM card

BY LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

New Zion Missionary Baptist Church Barbecue in Huntsville serves a righteous plate of smoked meats with side dishes

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

High school state finals, Landon Donovan comes home

BY NICK BARBARO

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